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Wednesday, 25 February 2009

WestMan Dumplings

I made a day trip to Brandon and Rivers on the weekend. A couple of items of note....

Dumpling 1: I passed a convoy of these around Elie
Big Steel !
Big Steel !
The next time I saw them they were stopped on the Trans Canada just west of the 1st Ave turnoff into Brandon. I assume they were for the 18th Street bridge which is slowly taking shape in Brandon.
Brandon MB

Dumpling 2: Another historic train station looking for a refit.

This one is the old station in Rivers, Manitoba and the town has an interesting plan.
Rivers MB
Since September 2008 Rivers has been the ONLY boarding station west of Portage la Prairie into eastern Saskatchewan. That certainly guarantees future rail traffic, small as it might be on the prairies. Right now they are using the shack ...er..."stationette" in VIA lingo (proving once again that giving something a French-sounding name does wonders !) ... that sat 15 or so kilometres north of Brandon that it's visitors were relegated to.
Brandon Passenger Train Station
The Rivers Train Station Restoration Project is looking to reopen the old train station for passengers and to have a couple of local businesses located there. They are also planning to use alternative energy to run the place. Given that they have traffic and that the station is just a block from the main drag in town this could be a neat little economic development project.
Rivers MB

Dumpling 3: Speaking of train stations, Brandon's is still up for sale.

Brandon MB
After a failed casino referendum a couple of years ago the station is still empty. That's a shame, though the costs of upgrades would be pretty hefty due to asbestos and the fact that for decades it was offices and a service centre, not a passenger station. With an asking price of $490,000 there's a lot of potential there !
Brandon MB
Brandon MB

1 comment:

Fat Arse said...

Enjoyed the pics - too often we in the city forget about the 'urban' landscape in rural Manitoba.

As for Brandon's old RR station - pity to see such an architectural landmark laying dormant.